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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of global background check firm Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a session entitled ‘Legal and Effective Reference Checking, Credential, and Education Verification’ on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CST at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2017 Talent Management Conference & Exposition taking place in Chicago, Illinois.

In this session worth 1.25 SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs), Rosen – author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ – will show attendees how to effectively verify past employment and education information and will offer tools for spotting phony credentials and fake degrees. To learn more, visit

With hiring decisions becoming more critical in challenging economic times, verifying past employment, credentials, and education, as well as obtaining references have become critical. Unfortunately, falsifying or inflating employment and educational accomplishments has become a significant problem for employers. Legal limitations also create barriers for human resources professional when obtaining and giving past employment information.

This session will reviews legal and effective technique for the reference checking process and how to verify education and spot phony credentials and worthless degree mills. New technologies and approaches will also be reviewed, as well as special issues involving international credentials and the role of social media sites and Web 2.0 in the process. Recertification and learning objectives:

  • Learn effective and legal strategies to verify an applicant’s past employment and education accomplishments.
  • Explore why employment references create legal issues for employers and strategies for obtaining information and dealing with requests from other employers.
  • Learn why phony education credentials are problematic and how to spot degree mills.
  • Review new technologies and approaches to credentials verifications.
  • Understand special issues when it comes to social media and sites and international employment and education verification.

Rosen will also present a session entitled ‘Social Media Background Screening. Is it Right for My Company?’ on Monday, April 24, 2017, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CST. The session is also worth 1.25 SHRM PDCs. In addition, Rosen will participate in a third session entitled ‘The Case for Hiring Slow and Firing Fast’ on the Smart Stage for the SHRM Talent Management Conference on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 3:50 p.m. to 4:08 p.m. CST.

ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick, who was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) for the 2016-17 term, will be at the ESR Booth #633 during the conference along with ESR Account Executive Pri Murphy and ESR Key Clients Advocate Heidi Winterble. A floorplan for the conference is available here.

The SHRM 2017 Talent Management Conference will cover a range of timely issues in nearly 50 concurrent sessions. More than 1,000 recruiters and Human Resources (HR) professionals from across the country are expected to attend the conference. For more information about the SHRM 2017 Talent Management Conference, which takes place from April 24 to 26, 2017, please visit

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, SHRM has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States. To learn more about SHRM, please visit

Founded in 1997 in the San Francisco, California-area, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) is a strategic choice for employers concerned about accuracy and compliance in their screening programs. ESR is accredited by the NAPBS and undergoes yearly SSAE 18 SOC 2® audits to protect the privacy, security, and confidentiality of consumer information. To learn more about ESR, please visit

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